strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
lillmuffin (92) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Orange light color and thick white head. Smell off fall. Wheat and hops. Tasted delicious. One of the best wheatbeers i have tasted.
Suttree (5224) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy yellow, with a huge white head. Smell is... I don’t know, wheaty? You know what I mean. Taste is nicelt sweet, with some grassy, woody notes. Not bad...
como (175) - POLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Butelka 08.2015. Piana śnieżnobiała, bardzo wysoka, sprężysta, bardzo trwała. Kolor słomkowy, jak na pszeniczniaka klarowne (brak osadu w butelce). Aromat nie powalający - minimalny goździk i minimalny aldehyd. Smak wodnisty, niczym się nie wyróżniający. Goryczki praktycznie brak. Wysycenie wysokie.
Boxereddy (71) - BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Licht troebelig met mooie schuimkraag. Bananen in de neus, licht bitterig met korte afdronk. Het echte Weissenbier!
Daanminator (153) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mooi goud bier met een flinke kop witte schuim erop. Wat tonen van banaan en wat pikants zoals peper misschien. Smaakt prima.
BillWyce (740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours hazy golden color with a creamy, 3-finger white head. Lemony aroma mixed with notes of grass and black pepper. Some banana-like esters as well. Body is light and mildly oily. Light astringency to the finish. Taste matches the aroma- lemon, with notes of banana and grass. Some yeast shows at the back.
metalspice (113) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tåkete lyst oransj med høyt hvitt skum som forsvinner fort. Gjær og mandarin i duften. Smaken er flyktig med hint av gress og frukt. Fint tilpasset kullsyre. Husker denne som bedre.
SznycelWagen (3) - POLAND - NOV 12, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Green apple aroma, something like pickled cabbage, cant call this but it has very nice aroma. Gold, hazy and sparkling a little. Low head but it comprises fine bubbles. No bitter, light sweet and sour. Medium body, thin texture, a little fizzy, astringent long watery finish.
ChewyBeer (54) - SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden yet hazy as expected for a Hefe. Bread nose. Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Hints of wheat, Clove and Banana. Easy drinking
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tra le weiss è sicuramente una delle migliori. di buon colore, ottima schiuma, è molto beverina ma non troppo acidula